Smith’s Crafty Creations has been quiet lately so I thought I’d do a project make blog.
Today’s make (well, I actually made these a few weeks ago) is a Friendship Card which measures A6 size (½ A5). I made two cards from one A4 sheet of cardstock.
- A4 White Cardstock
- Double sided sticky foam pads
- Colour Ink Pads of your choice
- Floral / leafy Stamps of your choice (you can hand draw if you don’t have stamps)
- Sentiment of your choice for both front and inside of card
- Ink Blending Brush (or cosmetic sponge they work the same) I used finger tip sponge blenders
- Pretty gems for embellishing
- C6 envelope of your choice
Step 1: Fold the A4 card in half to make A5 size card, cut in two down the shortest length which will give you two A6 sized horizontal cards.
Step 2: Stamp some floral flowers around the bottom half and right side of card, alternating between two co-ordinating colours of ink. I used a freebie set of stamps from Magazine 178. of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine. I used Hobbiecraft Ink Pads in the colours of Orange, Yellow and Dark Green.
Step 3: Stamp some leafs around your flowers.
**It does not matter if you stamp off of the page – I think this makes for a more natural looking handmade card.**
Step 4: Calculate how many 3D flowers and leaves you would like to add to your card and stamp in relevant colour, you can layer your stamping if you wish using different shades of that colour, etc. Blend ink slightly to give a more natural softer look.
Step 5: Fussy cut your stamped pieces keeping as close to the outline as possible.
Step 6: Using your blending brush / foam / sponge blend in some ink, being careful not to apply it too dark – you want a subtle look, onto your cut shapes.
Step 7: Apply on top of original stamped images on the card, snipping away any overlapping sections.
Step 8: Choose and stamp your choice of sentiment in one of the colours used on the card. I can’t remember the make of the be beautiful stamp but it was purchased from McOysters Papercraft Store in Cupar, Fife.
Step 9: Layer your sentiment onto some hand / die cut shapes that will fit nicely on your card. (For the bottom layer I blended all three colours used on my card, then applied yellow as the second layer, and finally, basic white card stock was used for my stamp, all fussy cut by hand.)
Step 10: Apply embellishments of choice to add some extra prettiness to your card (I used basic self-adhesive pearl embellishments).
Step 11: Pick a sentiment and co-ordinating ink colour to apply your message to the inside of your card. I used a Dovecrafts Friendship Sentiment here which was purchased from The Range.
Step 12: Pick a lucky recipient to receive your card! Make sure you take a photograph of your beautiful creation.
Note: For card number two I stamped on the top and the right side and placed my sentiment accordingly (pictured below).
Tip: Why not stamp some of your envelope to match your card?